Twin Cities Hospital February 27, 2015

Niceville, FL– Twin Cities Hospital is launching a Diabetes Prevention Program to help community members learn how to prevent type 2 diabetes. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

“We are very excited to offer a program dedicated to the prevention of type 2 diabetes. The weekly classes guide participants through the challenges of healthy eating, problem solving, stress management, staying motivated, physical activity, and lifestyle changes,” said Leah Roberts, RD, CDE, lifestyle coach, and Diabetes Education Coordinator at Twin Cities Hospital.

Groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once monthly for six months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

Nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. health care system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes.

People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week
  • Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds

Twin Cities Hospital Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program will begin meeting March 18, 2015, at the Twin Cities Hospital Wellness Center. Patients are currently signing up and additional class times or dates may be added based on enrollment needs.

To participate in the Twin Cities Hospital Diabetes Prevention Program, contact Leah Roberts, RD, CDE, at (850) 729-9480. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) can be used to pay the program fee.